May is National Arthritis Month
Updated: Jun 4
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the Arthritis Foundation website, arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans – nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children – making it the nation’s number cause of disability.
Along with providing arthritis education, resources for managing symptoms, and tips for healthy living, the website also includes a list of common herbs and supplements that may help with arthritis symptoms. One of the more popular supplements listed is curcumin, which is thought to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA), as well as aiding in the treatment of bursitis.
According to the site, a review of randomized controlled trials from 2016 found that 1,000 mg a day of curcumin reduced OA pain and inflammation as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and diclofenac.